written by Mate-In-Training, Ava Zockoll
June 24, 2018
Today, we had an early morning with plenty to do before our vessels could get off the docks to head from our home base of Hodges Creek Marina across the Sir Francis Drake Channel to Cooper Island Beach Club for the afternoon. Our fleet of three catamarans started our morning with a meeting at the Sail Caribbean Divers’ dive shop, then underwent a thorough Prior-to-First sail lesson where we learned all about the different aspects of our yachts, both above and below decks.
Finally, we were ready for the morning’s grande finale — student-helmed de-docking’s! After each skipper of the day led a successful de-docking of their vessels, we ventured off to CIBC but not before learning about raising our sails and how to properly execute a mooring ball pickup.
Once our fleet arrived at the destination, we successfully picked up and secured our vessels to their balls, and enjoyed a delicious lunch of sandwiches. Our divers then headed to shore to prepare for the start of their open water certification courses (first up: confined skills learning!) while the rest of the crews had a relaxing afternoon of snorkeling and enjoying beach activities.
Once exhausted from an abundance of sunshine, scuba, snorkeling, salty sea water and smiles, everyone headed back to their home boats, showered up, enjoyed a scrumptious dinner together, and had an overall relaxing evening on board ending with our daily boat meeting. Our boat meeting tonight covered assessment of the day’s events and role performance while also learning a lot more about each other on the crew.
Missing from Boat Photo: Tanner Harris (who was a late arrival) *Updated photo coming soon!*
The greatest challenge during the program was staying entertained during the quarantine period. Not being able to leave your boat and not having a phone, which was a crutch against boredom, it was difficult at first to stay entertained.